Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • March 30, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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PADDLE DESCRIPTION: 7-9 miles, 4-5 hours - This stretch of the Hillsborough River is “among the most scenic in Central Florida”. We often see lots of gators and birds. After paddling the river from Sargents Park to Morris Bridge Park,we will take a lunch break. Then we will continue downstream for a leisurely padde to Trout Creek Park. This is considered an easy to moderate paddle, perfect for both experienced paddlers and for the paddlers who are just starting to enjoy this wonderful sport.

  • Location: Tampa, FL USA
  • Class: 1
  • Distance Paddled: about 7.5 one way
  • Water: fresh, flat blackwater, with a slow (1/2 to 1 MPH) current that can be paddled in either direction
  • Wildlife: Wildlife normally seen - great blue heron, little blue heron, anhinga, white ibis, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, black vulture, turkey vulture, Florida red-bellied turtle, peninsula cooter,sometimes deer, hogs and hopefully lots of alligators.
    Wildlife occasionally or at certain times of year seen - roseate spoonbill, wood stork, pied-billed grebe, prothonotary warbler, blue-gray gnat catcher, American robin, wild turkey, great horned owl, yellow-crowned night heron, bald eagle, river otter, raccoon, wood duck, Florida banded water snake & brown water snake (both non-poisonous)
  • Special Regulations: No picking flowers or feeding wildlife (especially gators). Stay off private property, no alcohol, glass, firearms, Styrofoam or trash. Fishing is allowed with a valid license.

Hillsborough River Info:

A 34.5-mile (55.5 km) canoe trail is designated by the State of Florida, starting at Hillsborough River State Park and ending at Rowlett Park in Tampa. Morris Bridge Park, Trout Creek Wilderness Park, Hillsborough River State Park Lettuce Lake Park, Riverfront Park, Riverhills Park, Angel of Hope Park, Rogers Park, Sulphur Springs Water Tower, and Rivercrest Park are all are located along the Hillsborough River.

 

**DIRECTIONS**

  • On north side of US 301 about 5 miles east of I-75. From I-75, exit onto Fowler Avenue and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto US 301 and head north about 3 miles. Park entrance on left.
  • You can contact me (Sam) at[masked], if you need information, help or get lost.
  • There is an admission/parking fee (around $2.00).

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, Slackers are awesome.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Linda S

    Awesome. Slackers Rock.

    March 31, 2013

  • Kim M.

    A little bit of everything on this trip, everything great!

    March 31, 2013

  • Ronda G

    The whole weekend was wonderful! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this group! We have such a good time together! Looking forward to many more!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was the nicest paddle that I've ever been on! Beautiful river with the nicest people!

    March 31, 2013

  • Connie

    Awesome group, it was 10 star day!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • amy

    Awesome paddle, great day spent with a wonderful group of people!

    March 30, 2013

  • Laura

    Fabulous paddle! I love the Slackers!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great paddle! Great people! After paddle party was great!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weather, awesome group! Can't wait till tomorrow's paddle!

    March 30, 2013

  • Julie N

    Beautiful Weather. Great paddle with great people. Hope to see you all tomorrow.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Nona

    Awesome day; awesome people!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    @#(*$!) -- still not finished with my work so will have to miss this -- very much *NOT* happy. If I'll try to see if I can make camping tonight and an impromptu paddle tomorrow. Sorry all.

    March 30, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Kayak Rentals / Would all the people who need to rent kayaks this weekend please let me know by 6:00 pm Thursday so that I can make arrangments to get enough kayaks.

    March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That sounds like a good plan Julie. See you there. Thanks

      March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Julie I won't be going today sorry my back is out.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up. Have a great time!

    March 29, 2013

  • Nancy

    Not feeling tip top.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it. Have a great time.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something came up & I cannot come. Definitely the next one!

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a real estate commitment

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, unable to make trip because of illness. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun with a great bunch of people! Another time.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make it (nor guest) because of illness. Another time.

    March 29, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    Still having car issues. I don't think I'll have a decent vehicle before Saturday.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right now I am attending alone but if anyone wishes to join me let me know, I have a sit on top tandem kayak. Looking forward to the trip!

    February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just joined today and a kayak beginner and do not have my own. Has someone joined you yet? I would be interested.

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carol - yes my friend Irene is joining me. Did you find a kayak partner yet for the trip?

      March 26, 2013

  • carly j.

    Hiking conflict; now someone else gets to go!

    March 26, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I have reserved the group camp site at the Little Manatee Conoe Outpost for Friday night 3/29/30 and Saturday night 3/30/13. (See the Little Manatee paddle scheduled for that weekend)

    You can camp at the Little Manatee and then we will drive as a group to the Hillsboro and Alafia Rivers padddles on Saturday and Sunday.

    So sign up to camp and enjoy a concert on Saturday night. This camp site has a great fire pit, great hot showers and new clean bathrooms.

    Sam

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined and new at this ...where is the Little Manatee camp ground located?

    February 26, 2013

    • Carl R.

      Carol, check the "other" Slackers event that lists the campout.

      March 25, 2013

  • Angie

    I need 2 kayaks if I make out of the waiting list - thanks Sam

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay I'm in! Can't wait!

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, and I wanted to eat flowers and pick some gators! shoot

    March 18, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Can only paddle Sunday, so will show up for Saturday night festivities.

    March 13, 2013

  • matt p.

    Can i pay my dues at the event?

    March 10, 2013

  • matt p.

    I signed up for this event when i signed up for the slackers. How am i on the waiting list?. It was no where near full then.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang...we already have plans.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any kayaks available for rent?

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll need to rent 1 yak please... thanks!

    February 15, 2013

  • Laura

    Hi Sam. I need a kayak!

    February 13, 2013

  • Jaime D.

    Looking forward to the fun

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will need 2 rental kayaks, thanks!

    February 7, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Will need to rent a Kayak.

    January 15, 2013

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